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2013 HGA273 Mass Media and Contemporary Societies

Unit Level: Intermediate

Available as a Student Elective: Yes

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See also   HGA373

OFFERINGS
Not Offered

DESCRIPTION

The media are not simply a communication tool. They can shape and define what we see. As a key social institution, the media contribute to the construction of meaning and 'common-sense' understandings in everyday life. While the media have this power to influence the social and political landscape, individuals are also active consumers. This unit examines the role that the media play in contemporary society by drawing on the sociology of the media, media theory and cultural studies accounts of mass and popular culture. Particular attention will be given to different forms of media, how media texts are created, the ways in which the media are responsible for different types of social interaction and serve to shape social identities such as gender, and the impact of globalisation and new technologies on media practices.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT:

Level 200: Workbook exercises (20%); 2,000 word essay (40%), Exam (40%)
Level 300: Workbook exercises (20%); 2,500 word essay (40%), Exam (40%)

TEACHING PATTERN: 2 lectures weekly, 1 tutorial fortnightly

FLEXIBLE & ONLINE STUDY OPTIONS
Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
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REQUISITE INFO
Prereq 25% at level 100 in Sociology or equiv
M.Excl HEJ215/315, FST259/359, HGA225/325

STAFF: TBA

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